PGAL, Inc. Data Breach

By
Will Gendron
Mar 11, 2024 1:58 PM
The PGAL, Inc. data breach has affected 508 Texas residents, exposing sensitive information such as names, Social Security Numbers, driver's license numbers, and other government-issued ID numbers. If you suspect your data has been compromised, take immediate steps to protect your identity, including monitoring your accounts, checking credit reports, considering a credit freeze, setting up fraud alerts, filing taxes promptly, and being wary of scams.
PGAL, Inc. Data Breach

What Happened?

On March 1, 2024, PGAL, Inc., an international design firm specializing in architecture, interiors, engineering, and planning, reported a significant data breach to the Texas Attorney General's office. This breach involved unauthorized access to sensitive consumer information, including names, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, and other government-issued ID numbers. The breach has affected 508 individuals in Texas, raising concerns about potential identity theft and fraud.

Impact of the Breach

The data exposed in this breach can be particularly damaging. Social Security numbers and driver's license details are critical pieces of personal information that can be used for identity theft. Individuals with compromised information are at a higher risk of financial fraud and may face difficulties securing loans, accessing government services, or even maintaining their credit scores.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected

If you suspect that your information may have been exposed in this breach, it's crucial to take immediate action:

  1. Monitor Your Accounts: Regularly check your bank statements, credit card statements, and any other financial transactions for unauthorized activity. If you notice anything suspicious, report it immediately to the institution involved.
  2. Place a Fraud Alert: Contact one of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, or TransUnion) to request a fraud alert on your credit report. This makes it harder for identity thieves to open accounts in your name, as creditors will need to take extra steps to verify your identity.
  3. Consider a Credit Freeze: A more drastic measure than a fraud alert, a credit freeze locks your credit reports so that no new credit can be opened in your name without your explicit permission.
  4. Report to the Authorities: If you believe your identity has been stolen, report it to the Federal Trade Commission through IdentityTheft.gov. Also, consider filing a report with your local police department.
  5. Stay Informed: PGAL, Inc. has begun notifying affected individuals via U.S. Mail. Keep an eye out for any official communications regarding the breach. Additionally, you can visit the Texas Attorney General's data breach report page for more details.

Data breaches can have long-lasting effects on your personal and financial well-being. Taking proactive steps to protect your information and responding swiftly if you are affected are crucial in mitigating the risks associated with such incidents. Stay vigilant and informed to safeguard your identity.

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